President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko offers the Verkhovna Rada 14 candidates for 13 members of the Central Election Commission and his nomination disregards claims of parliamentary factions and deputy groups.\r\nThe list of candidates is posted on the website of the President, Ukrainian News Agency reports.\r\nA statement posted on the website on January 23 reads that the President has signed a letter to dismiss the current members of the Central Election Commission as the period of their powers has expired and a nomination for appointment of new members of the Commission. The statement does not specified the number of dismissed members or nominated candidates.\r\nOn June 1, 2014, the powers of 12 of 15 members of the Central Election Commission expired. The powers of one member expired on February 3, 2017. The powers of the other two members have not expired.\r\nThe nominations of the President have not been officially registered at the Verkhovna Rada. The presidential press service published the list of 13 nominated candidates on the website of the President on January 23.\r\nOn Wednesday, the candidacy of Oleh Konopolskyi (the quota of the People's Front faction), the agent of then presidential candidate Arseniy Yatsenyuk in 2010, was added to the list of candidates for members of the Central Election Commission.\r\nThus, the President nominates 14 candidates from all factions and groups except for the Opposition Bloc and the Batkivschyna Party faction.\r\nThe presidential press service quoted the President as saying that all factions of the parliament had submitted their candidates meeting requirements and that he had included them in the list.\r\nAccording to the list posted on the website of the President, 10 candidates are from the list submitted by Poroshenko in June 2016 and 4 candidates are new.\r\nThe new candidates include candidates substituted by the People's Front faction - Deputy Justice Minister Natalia Bernatska and MP Iryna Yefremova from the faction of the People's Front faction (in place of former nominees Central Election Commission deputy chairperson Andrii Mahera, as the President insisted on 100% change of members of the Commission, and Deputy Education and Science Minister Roman Hreba whose nomination was criticized by public and most of parliamentary factions).\r\nThe new candidates include Tatiana Yuzkova (the quota of the Radical Party of Oleh Liashko) and lawyer Tatiana Slypachuk, who was a member of the commission for selecting leaders of the State Investigation Bureau on the quota of the President (media report that she was suggested by the Will of People Group).\r\nThe new nomination of the President includes former nominees on quota of the People's Front: Konopolskyi, former Deputy Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Nadiya Synytsia, and Leontii Shypilov.\r\nThe new nomination of the President also includes Yevhen Radchenko, the director for development of the international non-government organization Internews-Ukraine (from the Somopomich faction), and Alla Basalayeva, former director of the legal department of the Central Election Commission (Vidrodzhennia group).\r\nThe quota of the Solidarity Bloc of Petro Poroshenko remains the same: Mykhailo Verbenskyi, director of the monitoring department of the Ministry of Interior Affairs, Olha Zheltova, deputy head of the secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada committee for justice, Svitlana Kustova, former aide of then MP Petro Poroshenko in the Verkhovna Rada of the seventh convocation, professor Olha Lotiuk from Taras Shevchenko University, and Vitalii Plukar, head of the department for monitoring local authorities and decentralization of the Presidential Administration.\r\nThus, the President nominates 14 candidates for 13 vacant posts in the Central Election Commission. Five nominees are from the Solidarity Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, five from the People's Front, one from Samopomich, one from the Radical Party of Oleh Liashko, one from Vidrodzhennia, and one from the Will of People.\r\nThe factions of the Opposition Bloc and the Batkivschyna Party offered the President as possible nominees Central Election Commission chairperson Mykhailo Okhendovskyi and Central Election Commission deputy chairperson Zhanna Usenko-Chrona, but Poroshenko stood against appointment of current members to the new Central Election Commission.\r\nThe Presidential Administration reported that the Batkivschyna Party also offered as nominee professor Andrii Yevstihneyev from Taras Shevchenko University, but the list does not have this name. The Opposition Bloc offered lawyers Vladyslav Zabarskyi (former Verkhovna Rada member and former deputy minister) and Serhii Rumpa.\r\nAs Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, Verkhovna Rada Chairperson Andriy Parubiy hopes that the parliament will be able to consider the questions of change of the composition of the Central Election Commission in February 2018.